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Italy has Europe's highest caesarean section rate

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6978.487 (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:487

Italy has the highest percentage of births by caesarean section in Europe, and the rate has doubled since 1980. At 22.4% the rate is the third highest in the world after the rates in the US and Brazil. The findings come in Caesarean Birth in Italy, a report by Dr Carlo Signorelli, Dr Sofia Cattaruzza, and Professor John Osborn at La Sapienza University in Rome.

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